Purewater-JC meet leads off "banner" athletics season
TRACK and field fans will get a first sampling of what will happen in a very important year in the sport as the first meet on the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association calendar, the Purewater-JC Track and Field Invitational Meet, kicks off the season with its 23rd staging on the grounds of Jamaica College, tomorrow, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Meet organiser, Ian Forbes, said that more than 1,500 entries had been accepted from high schools, clubs and institutions, and he was looking forward to an exciting day of competition.
"The top high-school teams have entered athletes and we expect high quality performances in (this) which is an Olympic and World Junior Championships year, and we also expect a big turnout of spectators," he said.
With the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships set for March 15-19, high- school coaches will definitely be using the opportunity for their charges to meet the qualifying standard for 'Champs'.
There will be incentives for the top performers in two categories, one for high schools and one for clubs and institutions.
Events on the schedule for the meet include the Girls' Open 3000 metres, Boys' Open 5000 metres, 100 metres, 800 metres, and all sprint hurdlers, long jump, high jump, triple jump, discus, shot put, and pole vault.
JC will also honour one of its past students, who has contributed significantly to the track and field programme. This year's honouree will be Andrew McCrea.
McCrea, a chartered accountant, attended Jamaica College from 1986 to 1993. Since leaving, he has been involved in several areas of school activities, most noticeably in mentorship of scores of students, as well as the Sports Development Committee and members of the school's athletics team.